|"In our medicine of the future, surgeons and chemists may have less and less to do."|
|Red Herring magazine|
Chiropractic as alternative medicine?
No way!!! By the time Phrenicea becomes integrated into our lives, chiropractic is not only considered primary care, it's just about the only physical care that's required.
By mid-21st-century, the benefits of mapping the human genome and then unraveling the complexities of its associated proteins — the proteome effort — were realized in terms of understanding the molecular processes of the human body.
Consequently, the typical maladies that were traditionally treated by physicians at the turn of the century were now "fixed" primarily with non-invasive elixirs that corrected or repaired DNA or protein irregularities. Thus, most of what was once considered traditional-doctor-treated disease caused by hereditary or environmental factors disappeared, including most forms of cancer.
There's no magic treatment to compensate for physical inactivity however. Because most people were able to remain otherwise healthy in almost a vegetative, stationary state by engaging with Phrenicea, the skeleto-muscular system was subjected to easy injury from even the slightest movement, particularly the spine which abhors lethargy.
Rather than pursue an exercise regimen, which was not necessary for general internal health, the services of the chiropractic practitioner were called upon to help keep the body flexible enough to avoid self-inflicted injury when not just lolling about.
Somewhat similar to peripatetic Jayum, the wealthy plumber raking in the DiNAs using brawn and skill on copper and brass; the roaming chiropractor uses finesse and technique on bone, muscle and sinew — and would be smiling all the way to the bank if there were any banks left!
Thus, with spectacular irony, the entire medical establishment was turned on its head. Nontraditional-alternative-complementary-holistic practitioners of once-questionable modalities supplanted the pretentious prescribers and cutters in what could only be considered a splendid coup de grâce.